The Little Falls School Board unanimously voted Monday to withdraw from its agreement with the Mid-State Education District, effective June 30, 2006.
The school board had been discussing withdrawing from its contract with Mid-State for two years. The school board voted this month to withdraw because it has to provide formal notice to Mid-State on the withdrawal by Feb. 1.
Mid-State provides selected special education support services, such as autism support services and occupational therapy, to Little Falls and five other area schools.
Even though Little Falls is withdrawing from the Mid-State contract, the school district plans to continue to provide the special education services to its students.
The school district can contract for these services after June 30, 2006, when the withdrawal is final, from Mid-State or it can secure needed services directly from another institution.
Nancy Henderson, Little Falls chief finance officer, said the board had to make a decision based on what is best for parents and students. She said the level of services the district provides to special education students will not change.
The school board also voted not to participate in 10 Mid-State programs, effective June 30. These programs include psychologist services, audiology, mental health evaluations and adaptive physical education.
The board also directed district administration to determine whether Little Falls should contract with Mid-State for specific special education services or go to another institution.
Henderson said the district should save about $100,000 in 2006 and 2007 by withdrawing from the Mid-State contract. It also would save an additional $70,000 in Mid-State governing board costs.
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